Crawford, KS

If you are looking for Dorothy and Toto, this isn’t your part of Kansas. If you enjoy incredible food, outdoor recreation, festivals, history, music, or sports, Crawford County might just be your place. Do you want to take your picture in front of the largest electric shovel in the world? You can do that here. 

Once the coal mining capital of the world, for the past 150 years visitors have been drawn to Southeast Kansas, bringing international flavors as diverse as the settlers, miners, and college students who made this their home. While here, you must experience those flavors by dining at one of six famous, locally owned fried chicken restaurants, two of which were featured on the Travel Channel’s Food Wars series. You can explore our history at three different area museums (all free), numerous historical sites, or join us at annual celebrations and festivals throughout the County.

If you’re looking for the perfect spot to enjoy Mother Nature, we’ve got you covered. With a variety of parks and outdoor recreation opportunities, including the 500-acre Crawford State Park, you can spend the day kayaking, fishing, hunting, cycling, or just soaking up the sun. Known across the country for our “strip pits,” Southeast Kansas features over 1,000 man-made bodies of water that provide some of the best fishing you will find anywhere.  

With a diverse selection of local boutiques and unmatched hospitality, you can easily fill a day with shopping if that’s more your style. To unwind at night, try your luck at Kansas Crossing Casino or visit one of our local breweries. During certain times of the year you may even catch nationally touring Broadway shows or bands, or major sporting events like the NJCAA National Football Championship.  

There’s truly something for everyone in Crawford County, Kansas!

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